Published: October 4, 2019 | Updated: October 4, 2019

Trio will help SafeWise roll out new initiatives

By Andrew Diprose, editor

Three new recruits have joined Dorset skills for life charity SafeWise.

Sue Sharpe, Sarah Jane Woods and Steve Dewland will help roll out new programmes to wider audiences as SafeWise continues with ambitious development plans for its learning villages in Bournemouth and Weymouth.

Sue, an experienced teacher, has been appointed as Programmes Manager.

She is joined by Sarah Jane, Programme Development Officer, and Steve Dewland, SafeWise Weymouth Site Supervisor.

In addition to years clocked up in the classroom, Sue has worked in various education roles, including with English National Ballet and English Touring Opera.

She brings a wide of range of skills and knowledge to the newly created role at SafeWise.

Sarah Jane will work with Sue on developing new programmes including older people and young people leaving home for the first time.

She will also work to integrate financial education into all scripts at an appropriate level.

Sarah Jane has a host of contacts and project management skills after working for the NHS, local authorities and other organisations.

Sue and Sarah Jane will work across the charity’s centres and are joined by Steve who will help keep the Weymouth centre up and running on a daily basis.

He has been site supervisor for large masonry companies across the country as well as at sand and gravel quarries, where Steve was responsible for large teams and projects.

He has also been in demand across the UK to carry out big restoration and conservation jobs on historic buildings, including landmark buildings in central London.

Steve is already putting his skills to good use to develop recently introduced scenarios at SafeWise Weymouth, including a beach, campsite, park, electricity sub-station, double-decker bus and railway.

Rob Hattersley, Chief Executive, said: “I would like to welcome Sarah Jane, Steve and Sue to SafeWise, and say a big thank you to our funders and sponsors that have made their recruitment possible, especially Wessex Water, Dorset Council, Postcode Lottery and Strategic Solutions.

“It’s a great time to join SafeWise as we launch exciting new programmes, and continue with ambitious development plans at our learning villages in Bournemouth and Weymouth.”